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Staging an Interactive Mystery Play

A six-week program for developing theatre skills
By: Justine Jones and Mary Ann Kelley

Young drama students are highly creative, imaginative, and uninhibited with their ideas. And they love puzzles! That’s why they are intrigued by murder mysteries. This book invites the interaction of the whole class in the process of creating mystery plays. It includes everything you need to teach basic dramatic skills by creating and staging an interactive murder mystery play. It’s a six-week long, step-by-step program. In weeks one and two, students brainstorm ideas; refine the theme; and create the characters, plots, means, motives, scenes, and more. Weeks three and four include games to strengthen writing and acting skills, to develop the plot and characters, and for students to think on their feet. The final two weeks focus on rehearsal and performance. Like the authors’ previous book, Drama Games and Improvs, this guide helps teach drama skills holistically. Students are unaware they are learning new skills with every game and activity.

(112 pages, 8½ x 11, paperback.)

This title is now carried by Pioneer Drama Service.  Click here to order on Pioneer's web site.